Gov. Abbott Executive Order prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott in Tyler, Texas on March 5, 2021.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott in Tyler, Texas on March 5, 2021.(KCBD NewsChannel 11)
Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 7:36 AM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KCBD) - Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Tuesday prohibiting government-mandated “vaccine passports” in Texas.

In order to travel, someone would be required to show they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The governor’s order would also stop organizations that receive public funding from requiring consumers to give their vaccine status.

In a statement, the governor said Texans should not have to “show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”

Abbott said this week, Texas will surpass 13 million doses administered, but that while this helps slow the spread, vaccines are voluntary.

Throughout the country many Republicans have opposed the idea of vaccine passports. Earlier this week, Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, also banned them.

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